« The goal of politics is to make possible those things that are necessary. »
These days, we often hear it said that politics is the art of the possible. Reading between the lines, that equates to: since it is hard to be in control of things, because the globalization of the economy is something that is simply falling on us from above, we have to be satisfied with just being ready for come what may.
Personally, I’m convinced that – quite the contrary – politics is the art of making possible those things that are necessary. In other words, it’s our ability to identify what’s going to become essential for the human race, and to turn it to our advantage, in both a symbolic and a practical sense, in order to change the tide of circumstances, take practical action, and remold things.
In the speech I gave to the Council of State as its president on May 31, 2018, I said that. “It’s up to us to change things. James Fazy said that evolving from a patrician regime into a democratic system requires one to endeavor to built a collective consciousness – a collective consciousness born from compromise, and devised with patience. People don’t want their government to simply be a reproduction of the divisions that exist in society. Far from it, we are appointed to overcome them.
“We are all conscious of the stakes. Our canton has tested this draft agreement with Operation Papyrus. Papyrus was a scheme limited in time and bound by strict parameters, for the regularization of the status of people with no work permit, underpinned by input from trade unions and employers. This act of social justice owes much to an opening of minds and the abandoning of postures of principle. In the underlying substance, one can see a new perception of the common good; in the actual form, one has to arrive at a process that overcomes rifts and thereby brings precious teachings.”
« I defend the idea that nothing is viable without bonds and creativity seeded by innovation. »
In terms of both substance and form, I propone a vision of the economy capable of recognizing that growth is not an end in itself, it’s a means of giving people the chance to build a personal future and be a committed member of the community.
I propone the idea that nothing is viable without bonds and creativity seeded by innovation, either in the possibility of re-training oneself, not only from a technical viewpoint but also – and above all – at the human level, by aiming for long-term solutions, so as to fulfill the economic needs and social challenges of our canton, such as the employment prospects of young people and senior citizens.
I propound the principles of durability, openness and diversity, which constitute the DNA of Geneva’s economy, in a context of economic liberty both written into the constitution and increasingly enacted within a regulatory framework, which has to be rendered flexible for businesses and for employment.
I support the concept of social partnership as one of the best antidotes to the increasing precarity of employment, in a context in which the digitization of society is initially perceived as a danger, whereas it should be seen as an opportunity and as a means of ensuring that no-one gets left by the wayside.
In short, in a world that has changed simultaneously in tone, speed and scale, I believe more than ever in the strength of political engagement and action for the affirmation of our democratic values, and their transcription into the economy of the future, with strength of heart and with conviction.